News from the Caribbean:
May 24, 2013
NECKER ISLAND, BVI -- In a joint effort to safeguard and bolster the Caribbean region's tourism-dependent economy, fifteen Caribbean governments and seventeen corporations met on Necker Island, home of Sir Richard Branson, in the British Virgin Islands last weekend.
May 24, 2013
LONDON, England -- As the international community scrutinises the Commonwealth ahead of November’s Heads of Government Meeting, a new report suggests that now is the time for Commonwealth member states to take advantage of the network of friends they have inherited.
May 23, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- Ahead of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) annual meetings in St Lucia this week, Moody's Investors Service has presented its views on why the ratings agency expects sovereign credit quality to continue deteriorating in the region.
May 22, 2013
BRADES, Montserrat (GIU) -- Heads of all British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have been invited to a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss tax transparency. In a letter themed “The G8 and tax and transparency,” Cameron said he is looking to...
May 22, 2013
LONDON, England -- The world’s four largest international tobacco companies have forged a joint venture to fight the illegal trafficking of dutiable consumer goods. British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Group, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International have launched...
May 21, 2013
MOSCOW, Russia -- The G20 group of the world’s leading economies should deepen consideration of the development concerns of small, poor and vulnerable economies in their efforts to promote equitable and sustainable economic growth. Dr Cyrus Rustomjee, director of the...
May 20, 2013
Navigating "Island" Parenting is a collection of quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue features, the Single Parent-Tips for Raising a Child Alone by the Mayo Clinic Staff...
May 18, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- Marking the International Day Against Homophobia, United Nations officials on Friday issued a call on governments worldwide to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and strike laws that discriminate against them.
May 16, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- Latin America and the Caribbean have made great strides in boosting tax collection in recent years, but they need a new generation of fiscal and tax reform to reduce income inequality, cut evasion, boost productivity, strengthen local governments and preserve the region’s...
May 14, 2013
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Canada’s minister of state for foreign affairs (Americas and Consular Services) Diane Ablonczy will meet with regional leaders as part of a seven-day, seven nation tour that will take her to The Bahamas (May 12-13), St Kitts and Nevis (May 14-15)...
May 11, 2013
EXETER, England -- Coral reefs are in decline, but their collapse can still be avoided with local and global action. That's according to findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 9 based on an analysis that combines the latest science...
May 11, 2013
Motherhood is an attitude, it is not just biological. I have only now begun to digest the concept. Last year I found myself tearing up as Kahdeem walked past me, all grown up, cap and gown, Valedictorian, college bound, his mother handed me a tissue and remarked...
May 8, 2013
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- The ocean covers over 70% of the planet, but is threatened by multiple stressors such as bottom fishing, pollution and climate change. Coral reefs support the livelihoods of almost half a billion people.
May 6, 2013
For the past three years, I find at least ten minutes per day to research parenting quotes/tips/ and I have gathered them in a folder as a source of inspiration and as tools that I use to deal with the daily challenges of parenting, as I have come realise too that it is indeed...
May 3, 2013
LONDON, England -- Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has welcomed news that all those British Overseas Territories with significant financial centres have signed up to the UK government’s strategy on global tax transparency.
May 2, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, USA -- Late Monday, a federal court in San Francisco granted an order authorising the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve a summons seeking information about US taxpayers who may hold offshore accounts with FirstCaribbean...
May 1, 2013
For the past three years, I find at least ten minutes per day to research parenting quotes/tips/ and I have gathered them in a folder as a source of inspiration and as tools that I use to deal with the daily challenges of parenting.
April 30, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) showed a slight increase in 2012 with respect to the previous year, according to the latest report on remittances by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF).
April 30, 2013
TORONTO, Canada – Jamaican-born Paulet Biedermann was honoured by Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Micheal Coteau with the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement in Volunteerism Award on Friday in Toronto.
April 23, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- Finance ministers, central bank governors and senior officials from Commonwealth and La Francophonie countries concluded their meeting with Russia, the 2013 G20 president, with a call on the group of leading economies...
April 22, 2013
On Sunday – a day that we rarely send out news updates – an email was sent to our subscriber list entitled “Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines” that contained a single link to a YouTube video. This was not initiated by us.
April 22, 2013
If you were to truly live this quote, you will have to find a gift that conveys your heart’s deep feelings. So, what will you choose for that special someone, be it their birthday, anniversary or wedding? Truly unique gift ideas are those that generate...
April 20, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Dr Rufus Ewing, premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, has echoed a call by Trinidad and Tobago’s Tourism Minister Stephen Cadiz for regional leaders to put tourism high on the agenda.
April 19, 2013
LONDON, England -- Finance ministers, central bank governors and senior officials from Commonwealth and La Francophonie countries will meet in Washington DC on 21 April 2013 to exchange ideas on how to draw greater awareness to...
April 18, 2013
LONDON, England -- The Paddington Hotel located at Gloucestershire Terrace in London, United Kingdom, announces the launch of their new website. Visitors can now book their rooms online with the convenience of a website with a user-friendly...
April 17, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- The IMF has just released the Fiscal Monitor -- its latest assessment of global fiscal developments. Continued progress in reducing advanced economy deficits and a gradually improving external environment have lowered...
April 16, 2013
ST PETER PORT, Guernsey -- The first of four 2013 Island Monitor Reports covering 14 of the 100 islands monitored by Island Analysis has now been released. This report focuses on government income and expenditure trends in...
April 16, 2013
Did you know that the Thames Underwater Tunnel in London that was built in the middle of the 19th century used a highly advanced system that ensured that the tunnel air pressure always remained more than the pressure of water outside.
April 15, 2013
There are many ways of expressing love; some do it through poetry and song, while others may just cook a special meal for their beloved or may reserve a dinner table at a posh restaurant. Many people also prefer a more materialistic gift.
April 13, 2013
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Suicide is a huge concern for many young people. It is tragic when a child takes his or her life. Many children are faced with challenges and problems that may seem unending, and in many cases escalate into painful emotional turmoil.
April 12, 2013
Once again, another year of world events has elapsed and Caribbean News Now op-ed columnist Anthony Hall has published his eighth retrospective compendium of insight and observations on the major events of our times. Hall’s latest look back -- The iPINIONS Journal...
April 11, 2013
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Striking Caribbean sunsets occur when particles in the air scatter incoming sunlight. But a particulate shadow over the sea may have effects underwater. A research team, including staff scientist Héctor Guzmán from the...
April 11, 2013
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- There is an abundance of evidence demonstrating that a growing number of travellers are paying heed to destinations that practice environmental management, biodiversity conservation, historic restoration and...
April 6, 2013
Owning a designer handbag or a wallet remains an unfulfilled dream for many of us mainly because of the exorbitant price tags that these products carry. UK’s biggest departmental store Selfridges had reported in 2007 that the average price of its...
April 3, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations General Assembly has approved a global arms trade treaty that failed to achieve unanimous support last week but which garnered the support of a majority of member states when put to a vote on Tuesday.
April 2, 2013
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The major crises afflicting the planet can be traced directly to a chronic lack of "awakened leadership", according to a Caribbean leader. "From armed conflicts in Darfur in Africa to the enduring poverty in Port-au-Prince in the Caribbean...
April 1, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week that he was deeply disappointed with the failure of the Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to reach an agreement among all 193 member states on...
March 21, 2013
PARIS, France -- Caribbean nations participated on Wednesday in a full-scale tsunami alert exercise organized under United Nations auspices to test their reaction capacity. According to the scenario of the exercise, organized under the auspices of...
March 19, 2013
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- By now most us would have heard and understood the rationale behind the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). However, for those of us who have paid little attention to world developments since 2010...
March 18, 2013
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- World growth is likely to be suppressed below potential for several years to come, but Latin America and the Caribbean can escape this global outlook and boost growth significantly by adopting appropriate structural reforms.